EVENDALE, OH - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited the GE Aviation facility in Evendale today to address workers and get an update on the development of the Joint Strike Fighter F136 competitive engine. Brown helped secure $465 million in federal funds to support the creation of a second engine for the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35) propulsion system. The alternative engine, the f136, is being developed by General Electric (GE) in Evendale.
"Every two seconds of every single day, a GE engine lifts a plane into the air," Brown said. "Our service members must have access to the best technology and resources available. With these funds, the men and women at the Evendale plant can play a major role in making that possible."
In July 2009, Brown urged support for the program on the Senate floor. The F-35 program will develop and deploy the fifth-generation strike fighter aircraft to meet the operational needs of the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and their allies. The F-35 employs cutting-edge technologies including synthetic aperture radar integration techniques, advanced target recognition, and advanced capabilities in its resistance to jamming, maintainability, and logistic support.
GE makes the alternative engine with its partner Rolls-Royce and much of the testing will be done in Evendale. The engine program has created hundreds of jobs and could lead to many thousands depending on how many engines are produced. The Joint Strike Fighter is the largest weapon procurement program in history.
"We are deeply gratified for Senator Brown's support of the F136 competitive engine for the F-35 program. His efforts have ensured that over 1,110 jobs were saved in the state of Ohio for GE and our suppliers, and provide the opportunity to continue to work on the most advanced fighter engine ever developed. 2010 will be a big year for the GE / Rolls-Royce Fighter Engine Team as we will be testing several engines and driving toward our first flight," Jean Lydon-Rodgers, Vice President & General Manager of GE Aviation's Military Systems Operations said when the funds were passed.
"This engine program is very important to the working families here at GE in Evendale, OH and the communities that they live in," IAM Local 912 President Matt Louiso said when the funds were passed. "The union representatives here worked very hard with the company and with our elected representatives in Congress to secure this work for our members and for our company."